I am 4 weeks into my UC Verde lawn test. The temperature in the San Fernando Valley has been peaking in the low 100’s this week so I’ve been especially vigilant about making sure the new grass plugs don’t dry out. Bred for the desert and hot climate areas, UC Verde is supposed to “thrive” in weather like this.
The grass plugs are holding their own in this hot weather, something I would not expect from traditional fescues.
I was advised by one of the UC Verde lawn experts who visited me last week that I should give each of the plugs a trim down to about 2 inches to stimulate growth. I did it. I made sure not to cut into the stolons that are running above ground since this is the way Buffalo grass spreads and knits into a lush lawn.
Some weeds were starting to creep in so I applied some corn gluten, (an organic remedy for weed control) so I feel confident that the UC Verde lawn is getting all it needs to establish itself.
The summer heat is sure to stimulate rampant growth and I’m looking forward to seeing a mass of green instead of small plugs. If UC Verde can thrive and perform well in my corner of Los Angeles where temperatures hit 110 degrees, I will become the UC Verde evangelist!